These tools need to be capable of hitting a critical 8" or so area out to a distance that would seem at first to be fantasy. Most people would tell you that 22lr is a short range tool. I am here to tell you that it can be much much more.
You can read all about my newest rimfire I call Kidd Rock. It is a very nice aftermarket copy of the Ruger 10-22 design but held to very precise tolerances.
The goal was a semi-auto precision rimfire that was capable of a consistent 300 yard shot on a 8" target and considerably better at closer distances.
It has been a success in every way.
This rifle at 50 yards will stack lead on top of lead. At 100 it will hold well under an inch. At 200 it will hold under 3". At the goal of 300 yards, it is flat deadly on our 8" sized target goal with groups well under our desired size.
While doing this testing this weekend, we went beyond our goal of 300 yards and began to stretch things out to 400 yards. Now I know that there are folks out there who are going to say "now Lawless, a 22 at 400 yards will bounce off of a mouse's head" or some such.
Listen to me, a subsonic 22 solid like Contact is still zipping along at around 730 FPS at 400 yards, about 780 at 300. Now I will be the first to tell you, this ain't blowing legs off here. What it will do at these velocities is penetrate a large varmint's skull or neck like a knife.
As I have said before, watching such a strike from out of nowhere, with no sound, happen to objects around you could be mighty demoralizing.
I Took it all the way to 400 yards with 3 different ammo. Eley Contact, Federal Gold Target 711B and Federal Bulk (for giggles, but it surprised me and some others). The Federal bulk is not subsonic and is a lighter bullet. Most would tell you that accuracy will go to crap as it comes through the transition from supersonic to subsonic. As we found out, theory does not always meet reality.
Dialed the scope out through 400 based on my ballistic calculator Strelok. Zero was 50 yds. Actual dope was as follows.
Contact was :
100 ^ 2 mils
200 ^ 7 mils
300 ^ 13 mils
400 ^ 20.3 mils
Fed Gold Target was :
100 ^ 2.5 mils
200 ^ 7.5 mils
300 ^ 14 mils
400 ^ 22 mils
Fed bulk 550
100 ^ 1 mil
200 ^ 5 mils
300 ^ 11 mils
400 ^ 18 mils
Wind is hard on .22lr out past 200 yds.
At 400 yards, a subsonic rimfire is dropping 280+ inches! At 300 it is 140+ inches.
A good spotter with a good spotting scope is essential to get the data to make accurate corrections and find your actual dope.
Writing down the conditions and your dope dialed is mandatory and will be invaluable later in use.
400 yards is a LONG way for .22, 300 is out there. Both are doable and make you feel like a million bucks when you find your hold and put em on steel.
This is TONS OF FUNNN! It will be a serious skill to possess later on, count on it.
400 yards. Probably not gonna be doing head shots that far, but it does show you that the lowly rimfire has harrassing potential at that distance.
Once the dope was found, even the bulk ammo was on target. 14 hits in a row after the correct hold was found.
"why does this Lawless feller keep on and on about farkin 22?"
Because what is coming is going to be a dirty and covert affair. Having this tool is going to be very important to any who plan on being a factor.
We had people using a Marlin 60 all the way to an Anschutz. All did well and all learned just what you can do with a 22lr. Get yours worked out. Go back and read my posts about the particulars and then put your own tool together.
Time. Is. Short.